Update: E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Leafy Greens Over
Jan. 17, 2020 – CDC is reporting that the outbreak of E. coli infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits appears to be over, as the products that made people sick in the outbreak are no longer on the market. This outbreak, and a larger multi-state outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Salinas, California, all shared a common lettuce supplier with ranches in Salinas. Although this grower was determined to be a common supplier for all 3 outbreaks based on available evidence, the romaine lettuce from this grower does not explain all the illnesses reported in the 3 outbreaks.
What’s the Problem?
December 12, 2019 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning consumers to avoid Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits after they were linked to an outbreak of E. coli infections that has sickened at least 10 people in 5 states. Of those sickened, at least 4 people were hospitalized for complications of E. coli, and 1 person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a life-threatening form of kidney failure.
The outbreak strain of E. coli linked to Fresh Express Salads is different from the one associated with romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, although preliminary tests suggest the contaminated ingredient in the Fresh Express Salads may be lettuce sourced from the same area. CDC is continuing to investigate and will provide more information as it comes available.
E. Coli Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of an E. coli O157:H7 infection usually begin 3 to 4 days after exposure to the bacteria, though some people start getting sick as soon as 1 day after ingesting contaminated foods. Symptoms include:
- Diarrhea (may be watery or bloody)
- Abdominal cramping
Source: Mayo Clinic
Health officials have advised consumers, restaurants and retailers to discard all Fresh Express Salad Kits with a best-before date up to and including Dec. 7, 2019, and with the identification code UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z. Under no circumstances should these salads be consumed, even if they look and smell normal, according to the CDC.
Do I Have a Fresh Express Salad Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Fresh Express Salad Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new E. coli cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one got sick after eating a Fresh Express salad, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.